The Flodden Wall

The Flodden wall – medieval Edinburgh’s main defensive wall. Enclosing the southern part of the city, through what is today the Grassmarket, Cowgate and Greyfriars, the northern section of the city was defended by the Nor Loch and nobody wanted to dip in to that, it was disgusting.

The year was 1513 Henry VIII of England invaded France, James IV of Scotland reenacted the Auld Alliance and invade England. Unfortunately this was a mistake and the Scottish army was massacred. James was also killed thus being the last Scottish monarch to die on the battlefield.

This wall was built in fear of an English reprisal, but it’s the main reason why there are so many closes in Edinburgh’s old town – Build buildings close together, build them high as space was premium. (gardyloo & haud yer hun – but thats another story)

you can still see Surviving fragments throughout the city, as with its expansion the Teller wall

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks concert 2016 – A wee Album

Here is a small album from last Mondays fireworks concert,  30 photos
taken from Castle street, Thankfully I arrived an hour before it all began, thus getting a pretty good vantage point.  This was my first attempt at shooting fireworks.

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

And that’s it for 2016 – Haste ye back 2017

The culmination of the festival is a spectacular pyrotechnic fireworks concert…. the sky lights up in time to music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from, this all takes place from the castle, it  can be heard and seen from many places across the city

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Fireworks

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Fireworks

I have never attempted firework photos before, I did take many, oh so many!! 😉 I’ll upload a wee album soon as I can

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Street Performers

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is over for 2016!
During the month of August you will find a plethora of street performers around the city centre plying their trade.   Juggling fire seems to be one of the more popular acts, (I always think that juggling fire in Scotland is rather optimistic, as it does rains a lot) but some are more daring juggling dangerous weapons including chainsaws and machetes.   Unfortunately I only had the ooomph to get out and take photos towards the end.  Below is a small gallery of the performers that graced the streets of Edinburgh in August 2016.

Interestingly something else happened! The middle of the festival a Saturday afternoon I managed to walk the length of the High Street without being offered a single flyer, even after making eye contact.  Many will call me a liar, but it did indeed happen…. perhaps they just though there goes the grumpiest man in Edinburgh?  😉

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

During the month of August, you will see many wonderful street performers on the Royal Mile…. Many, oh so many who juggle with fire, some make it more interesting not just juggling the normal fire sticks, but with nasty weapons.  This fella was juggling a axe on fire and a few machetes.

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Axe Fire Juggler

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

 

 

The Castle in Red

I pass the castle almost every single day, sometimes I just don’t register… she is always there.
at night, she is illuminated, sometimes she changes colour, tonight she was a bonny shade of red… here she is in all her clory

Red Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle – Red!